The film focuses on two Viennese women, Maria (Asta Nielson) and Grete (Greta Garbo), as they struggle to survive and better their circumstances during the interwar years.
Maria becomes a prostitute. While Grete (Greta Garbo) miraculously holds on to her virtue.
The film is melodramatic and moralistic, but provides a fascinating look at the economic wasteland of Austrian life in the interwar years and explains how Hitler was able to rise to power. People were so desperate for economic relief, very little else mattered.